questionswhisky drinkers: what are your favorite brands…

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I have quite a few scotch suggestions, but unfortunately, they're a bit more pricey than the 12 year old Macallan :( What is an acceptable price range that won't bust your budget?

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I tend to drink single malts, but on occasion I will have some bourbon. I think Elijah Craig 12 yr is pretty good and very affordable.

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Having not drank much myself, my weapon of choice would be Gentleman Jack. I tend to prefer this against most hard alcohol.

Should probably note that I didn't enjoy Maker's Mark, or at least straight... it's good with Sprite I think.

Also, I love the tag that one of the mods sneaked in -- "scotch-drinkers-are-better-than-the-rest-of-you"

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Booker's. ~125 proof, depending on the barrel. It's...indescribable.
Baker's. Just good ol' sippin' whiskey. Not too soft, not too hard.
Knob Creek. There are those who would chastise me for saying this, but sometimes some Coke with your whiskey is a good thing. For those times, there's Knob Creek.
Maker's Mark 46. All the goodness of Maker's, with a little more complexity.
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel. The good parts of Jack, without the bad.
Blanton's Single Barrel. tbh, I don't remember why I love this. It's been about 10 years since I've had it. I do remember loving it.

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@lavikinga: I know it limits me, but I have to stay less than $50/750mL...preferrably around $40 per 1.75L

@grimskull89: Gentleman Jack is pretty good. I go for it or Knob Creek whenever I can't get one of my favorites at a bar.

@90mcg112: I've seen Elijah Craig, but I've heard bad things about it. Maybe I need to give it a chance.

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Some of the high-end Jack Daniels sipping whiskeys are quite nice - I had a tasting when I was in Memphis and discovered that not all JD is total garbage!

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My go to is Chivas 12. Not expensive and a nice blended. Oban, Glenmorangie and Balvenie are in my rotation as slightly nicer ones.

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Templeton Rye, gotta rep the home state!

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@hopper75: I'll second Templeton! Simply fantastic.

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@lavikinga:

I am also a scotch drinker (generally neat with a splash of water for single malts; the same or on the rocks for blended). Please post some of your suggestions.

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One of my favorite single malts is Cragganmore 12, though I like all of the Classic Malts. from United Distillers.

I had some Macallan 25 about 25 years ago that was superb.

My father drank Canadian Club (or at least had it around a lot) for when he wasn't drinking martinis (as in gin with a hint of dry vermouth and olives, not the sissy-like martini imitations that exist today). Thus, I've always liked it.

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I'll echo on Bookers. It is the absolute best I have ever tasted.

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I'm a Macallan 12 drinker. Nearly always have a bottle stocked. You should be able to find it for $45 at Costco or CVS.

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Jameson, all the ages are great.

I'll give another vote for Maker's 46,

Glenfiddich is good and there are a few Johnny Walker's to try to see if one suits you.

But overall I enjoy Jameson the best.

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I am primarily a bourbon drinker and one of my favorite bourbon's at the moment is called Buffalo Trace, silly name I know but the whiskey is delicious and it's very reasonably priced.

The jim beam small batches are great as well (Knob Creek, Bookers, Bakers and Basil Hayden). Bulleit is very good as well.

I can't think of any rye brands at the moment, but I really enjoy rye's as well.

I don't drink much scotch or whiskeys that aren't bourbon, but I really like the Yamizaki 12, I think it is very tasty and smooth and very unique.

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I have mostly been a scotch guy for a long while, and my favorite scotch is Macallan Sherry Cask or the Lagavulin.
I have also been open to the bourbons lately and have to say that Makers Mark is a solid choice.
Recently tried and LOVED Whippersnapper whiskey.
And then there are the single malt Irish whiskeys and I have to say that it doesn't get ay better than Tyrconnell.

Drink with joy in your heart.

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When I was in high school, Jack Daniels was my whiskey of choice. Nowadays, its Johnny Walker Blue Label. I got one bottle as a gift and bought one when I got a tax refund.

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Knob Creek. Bruichladdich, it's all good. Try the Rum Cask, very nice. Aberfeldy. Aberlour. acNoc. Glengoyne Burnfoot. Glenfiddich 17 and 15. Old Pulteney 21 for when you want a taste overload. Glenmorangie Nectar or Sonnalta.

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Some good, under $50/750 ml Scotches:

- Jura Superstition (Total Wine has this for about $37-$43 dependent on location)
- Dalmore 12 (same distillery manager as Jura)
- Balvenie Doublewood
- Ardbeg 10 (very peated, but a very different profile than Laphroaig -- more smoky)
- Laphroaig 10 (very peated, but in a more medicinal, peat-bog way)
- Cardhu (on the sweeter side)
- Strathisla 12 (primary malt in Chivas Regal -- also on the sweet side)
- Bruichladdich Rocks (unpeated Bruichladdich)
- Bruichladdich Peat (um... peated, obviously) -- this one's pushing the price limit perhaps (depends on deals)
- Aberlour A'bunadh (cask strength, younger Aberlour. Usually pretty cheap, and VERY tasty)

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Thanks for the answers. I have quite a few to try to find tonight.

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@lumpthar: I just woke up-- playing Pillow Princess today. As soon as I can get my eyes to work, I'll pop back in with a few scotches that are popular in our great hall. Me, I prefer gin. Had a marvelous one over the weekend called "Dry Fly." I'm going to have to track it down for our own bar. Very smooth & citrus like.

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Gentleman Jack and Elijah Craig 18 year.

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I recently reacquainted myself with an old friend. Not very strong, but really good to drink straight - Fireball Whisky.

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MacAllen 10yo Fine Oak. The 15yo is a little better, but not worth the premium price. Yummy~

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for me I am a bourbon drinker and I prefer Maker's Mark, Maker's 46, Buffalo Trace and Jim Beam's Devils Cut

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Whisky != whiskey.

Neither are well represented in the US though. For whisky, I tend toward islays. Redbreast and The Tyrconnell are decent Irish whiskies. I've yet to find a North American type I like--not to be pretentious, I think I just don't care for the grains typically used in any of them. The closest I've found is Southern Comfort, which only has whiskey as one of the ingredients.

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@lavikinga: Gin may be my next question that I post. I like gin, but I'm still a novice at it. I just learned that there is a difference between "London Dry Gin" and "Gin".

New Amsterdam is cheap and tastes good, but it's in the "Gin" category...being neutral grain spirit that has flavor added to it after distilling (more like a liqueur).

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@hopper75: I can't believe I forget to mention the rye. I get a bottle every now and then, but boy is that difficult to come by! Templeton is very good.

Also, little ole Omaha, Nebraska has a place that I believe boasts one of the largest whisky/scotch selections in the country - http://www.dundeedell.com/. Crazy for a place known for its fish and chips too :)

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@lumpthar: I usually rotate between Bombay's Blue Sapphire or Hendricks for my gibsons & martinis. Can't wait to try a Dry Fly martini. http://www.dryflydistilling.com/gin/
"Dry Fly uses 100% local, small farm ingredients for their Northwest profile gin. Juniper, Fuji Apple, Coriander, Lavender, Mint and Hops. Look for the flavors to change as you add ice. Only made in small batches from our copper pot still. Each bottle is numbered and signed. From local farms to the bottle, Dry Fly handles every step of the process ..."

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Currently, our bar is a bit depleted. We threw a jagerfest and burned through a lot of good stuff. What's left behind is a very nice & inexpensive Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 yr old single malt (I like the faint rum aroma), and a Ledaig 10 yr.old. Macallan, Talisker 18 yr old (when we can find it), Lagavulin, & Laphroaig are also frequent visitors. You really have to shop the sales and join your local frequent buyers clubs.

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Wow so many replies... MaCallan 8yr??? Did you mean 18yr or Cask Strength??
No one has mentioned Blanton's Bourbon or any of the Pappy Van Winkles...
How about Talisker 10yr or the Distiller's Edition...
Highland Park is also very nice, I preferred the 25 and 30yrs to the 35, 15yr is the best bang for the buck...
Isle of Jura Superstition is great on a cold winter night, smooth and spicy...
Johnnie Blue is nice but your paying for the name more than the product, Green (15yr Vatting) or Gold (18yr blend) are better buys...

Hey You Gin drinkers!! This is a Whisky (Whiskey) discussion!!! get your own thread....

So many whiskeys so little time...

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Laphroaig, from the Isle of Islay. Aged perfectly, and is the best single malt in the world.

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@hobbitss: no one has mentioned Blanton's

In my laundry list of quality whiskies, I did bring up Blanton's. I just can't remember how it differed from the others. How would you describe it?

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@rprebel: I see it now...
You hid it under Jack Daniels!!! I can't believe I drank that stuff in College...
Gentleman Jack is good and the special bottlings are generally great but old #7 isn't that good...
The Blanton's is comparable to Booker's Beam in quality and smoothness... I'd say it is a little sweeter and not 120+ proof...

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@hobbitss: Jack Daniels is excellent to cook with. That and Evan Williams. Cheap, but great for sauces... and you don't waste the good stuff.

As for why no one mentioned some of the Scotches you mentioned, I think it's because the budget was a max of $50, and they're all a bit over (or a LOT over with some). Some good ones on your list, though.

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Has anyone tried the Bulleit Rye? It's on my short list, but I haven't thrown down for any yet.

What about Hudson (pricey...$35/375mL)? Is it worth it?

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@lumpthar: Bulleit's pretty good. I would prefer it over Sazerac.

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@hobbitss: The Old No. 7 may be "fire water", but I really like the Single Barrel. It has a little bite, but not like Black Label. That stuff (as @eneref said) is only good for cooking.

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Elijah Craig was my choice tonight. I shall report back shortly.

(Edit) Anyone heard of Pritchard's Tennessee Whiskey? It was on the top shelf, with corks in the bottles, and looked dark. Anyone tried it?

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If you like bourbon try to find Buffalo Trace's White Dog Mash. It's clear, and is technically mash, since it's never been aged. It tastes like corn, but with a heavy burn at the end. Definitely a different experience.

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@lumpthar: I've tried the Bulleit Rye, but I didn't think it was nearly as great a value as the Bulleit bourbon (which is one of my favourite bourbons). Nothing about the rye wowed me, but it wasn't bad either.

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I'm a big fan of the bottle of Glenfiddich 15 Year a buddy of mine keeps in stock. I think it has a hint of pear!